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South Africa – government plumbs new depths of idiocy by saying EFF protests a national security threat

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While evading questions about what measures might be taken against the EFF, the defence minister has accused the party of undermining Parliament.

The protest by EFF MPs during a parliamentary Q&A session on Thursday posed a threat to national security, according to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. (David Harrison, M&G)

The protest by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs during a parliamentary question and answer session on Thursday posed a threat to national security. This is according to Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who told journalists on Tuesday morning that the EFF’s actions were a threat to national security and to everything else.

“It posed a threat to everybody inside that chamber but also to the institution. It undermined the institution of Parliament, it undermined our Constitution and everything which we are representing here,” said Mapisa-Nqakula, responding to a question from a journalist in Parliament.

The definition of national security is widely contested in South African politics. Opposition parties and civil society organisations have over the years voiced their unhappiness over the ANC’s proposed definition of national security, saying it was too broad, vague and open-ended and would give ministers unchecked discretion to decide what constitutes national security.

This was during Parliament’s processing of the controversial Protection of State Information Bill between 2010 and 2013. On Tuesday, Mapisa-Nqakula said that the security cluster ministers have instructed senior government officials to make recommendations on how to prevent such incidences.

While she evaded questions about the exact measures that might be taken against the offending MPs, her colleague Police Minister Nathi Nhleko revealed that the new measures would make it easy for police to arrest and remove from the Parliament precinct any person who is disrupting a sitting of the House or a committee of Parliament.

Measures put in place
Mapisa-Nqakula said that while Parliament was independent from the executive, the cluster could not stand idle. Mapisa-Nqakula said certain measures had been put in place with immediate effect by the security cluster to ensure that such an event never occurs again.

She pointed out that the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, which governs the conduct of MPs and members of the provincial legislatures, made provision for the police to arrest and remove from the precinct – on the order of the speaker – any person who creates or takes part in any disturbance in the precinct while Parliament is sitting.

“There are certain activities … impede the exercise by Parliament …. interfere with Parliament … section 11 of the Act provides that if any person who creates or disturbs the house may be arrested and removed from the precinct,” she said.

The police did not move in because there was no instruction from the speaker to do so, Mapisa-Nqakula said. “When the police came, they said they needed a clear instruction from the speaker of the National Assembly, because there was confusion in terms of the rules,” she said.

A number of senior ANC members have criticised the police’s delayed reaction and the fact that they did not arrest EFF MPs on their arrival in Parliament. Mapisa-Nqakula also revealed that it was she who instructed the police to ensure that when they go into the National Assembly chamber to evict EFF MPs who had staged a sit-in, there should not be a scuffle nor violence or manhandling of the MPs, but to rather ensure that they vacated the assembly.

She denied that the executive was interfering in the legislative arm of state, saying that if a similar incident had occurred in the courts, they would have reacted similarly. “There are rules and privileges and if you look at those rules, they say when there is immediate danger to the life or safety of any person or damage to any property; members of the security services may without obtaining such permission enter upon and take action in the precinct in so far as it is necessary to avert that danger,” she said.

According to Mapisa-Nqakula, while there was no heavy handedness in dealing with the matter, in future things will be different as there will be measures put in place to prevent a repetition of the incident.

‘Restraint’
Nhleko revealed that he had been the one who called the public order police to Parliament “because the order of the House had degenerated”. He said the police and other people on the scene, including ANC members, exercised “a lot of restraint” including in terms of the interventions from the security management’s point of view.

Nhleko described Thursday’s events as completely abnormal and said the measures that were being put in place had nothing to do with heavy-handedness “and everything to do with how we execute and enforce the provision that we have in the law”. This would allow for when or as a situation like Thursday’s arises, that requires the removal of MP or anybody from the Parliament precinct, for the police to effect arrest and relevant measures when the speaker makes such an order.

There were a lot more police in Parliament on Tuesday, the first day of a parliamentary sitting since the EFF disruption, than usual possibly as a result of the new security measures. Security was tighter at the entrances to Parliament and to parliamentary building with police who normally facilitate access into the precinct very strict in checking the credentials of those going in and out of the institution.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has raised concerns over the involvement of the security cluster ministers in public security matters, saying that it appeared to violate the most basic principle of separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution. DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said he will request an urgent meeting of Parliament’s highest decision-making body, the Parliamentary Oversight Authority, to discuss the matter.

He said Mapisa-Nqakula’s statements that the executive “cannot stand idle as our democracy is undermined” was a veiled threat, which completely ignores Parliament’s responsibility to uphold its own rules and therefore handle the matter. “If anything, it is because the executive does not take parliamentary accountability seriously that we have ended up in this situation in the first place. It is important to note that Parliament holds the executive to account and not the other way around,” said Steenhuisen.

He said the parliamentary oversight authority must reject the infringement of its powers, and independence as a separate arm of the state, by the executive.


South Africa – Malema and EFF threaten to shut down Businesses after Gauteng ban

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‘We are going to shut down business’ – Malema

31 Jul 2014 15:04 Chantall Presence

Julius Malema has threatened mass protest following the Gauteng Legislature’s decision to bar EFF’s members from wearing their red uniforms.

EFF leader Julius Malema. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday vowed to shut down central Johannesburg with a protest against the Gauteng Legislature’s decision to bar his party’s members from wearing their red uniforms.

“We are taking them to court as well, but we are going to organise another march to Gauteng of not less than 50 000 people because we think we need to teach them a lesson,” Malema told reporters at Parliament.

“That thing they did in Gauteng was a coup of a special type,” Malema said in reference to police forcibly removing EFF members from the Gauteng Legislature on July 1. Party members refused to leave when speaker Ntombi Mekgwe deemed their red overalls, with the word “Asijiki” (we will not retreat) printed on them, unparliamentary. On July 22, hundreds of EFF members stormed the legislature, causing thousands of rands in damage, demanding to hand a memorandum to Mekgwe.

“We’ll try the court, but we’ll also continue to use the power of the masses,” Malema said. “If we go wearing red suits, they are going to pass a law or a rule that says red suits are not welcome. If we allow it with overalls, they going to do it with something else just to keep you outside the house.”

‘We are going to shut down business
Malema said he was not concerned about police denying them permission to march in the Johannesburg city centre because of the violence on July 22. “We are going to march in Gauteng with or without permission,” he said. “Police, if they know what’s good for them, they will have to come plan with us. They shouldn’t be surprised one day to wake up with 50 000 people in Johannesburg.”

Malema said the party was still putting together a budget for transporting thousands of its supporters to Johannesburg. A date for the march would be announced once this was done. “We are going to shut down business on that day. That Johannesburg will not be functional,” he said. “If the ANC knows what’s good for the business of Johannesburg, and the country, and the continent, it will have to resolve the issue of overalls.” – Sapa M&G

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EFF and the overalls: Nine days of missed work

31 Jul 2014

On Thursday the Gauteng legislature will rule on the EFF’s overalls. But the red berets seem happier working without the legislature, anyway.

The party has promised mass protests if the acting speaker, Uhuru Moiloa, rules against its sartorial ambitions. (GCIS)

On Tuesday this week, six provincial departmental budget votes went ahead without the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) eight members of the provincial legislature.

It was as though the EFF had never entered the political scene: with the only Inkatha Freedom Party member of the house apologising for not attending the sitting, and a few members of the executive committee sending apologies for leaving the sitting early, it was up to the ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) members of the legislature (MPL) to debate the matters that arose.

The EFF has refused to be part of the Gauteng legislature’s proceedings unless they can wear their uniforms – overalls and domestic workers’ uniforms –  missing key budget vote debates in the process.

Now, on Thursday morning, the rules committee of the legislature will meet to decide the fate of the EFF members of the house and their overalls – and the party has promised mass protests if the acting speaker, Uhuru Moiloa, rules against its sartorial ambitions.

Meanwhile, just two months after being elected to the legislature, with eight of its members drawing salaries from state funds, the party appears to be operating independently of it, undertaking its own oversight measures in the province. Trust, say EFF members, has completely broken down between the speaker’s office and the new house entrants, raising concerns about the party’s effectiveness in the legislature.

This follows an incident on July 22, when hundreds of EFF members stormed the legislature in an effort to hand over a memorandum to Moiloa. And on July 1, police forcibly removed the EFF members from the legislature for refusing to leave after speaker Ntombi Mekgwe, who is currently on leave, deemed their outfits “unparliamentary”.

Cops on high alert
The building has been under heavy police guard since the EFF stormed the legislature. Rolls of barbed wire stand ready to be deployed outside the venue, and tactical response team vehicles surround the building. Police and private security guards man the exits and entrances.

The party says it has been barred from entering the building by the police, and this is why it has been unable to attend the sittings since the spat over its uniforms began. But a source with intimate knowledge of legislature proceedings, who asked to remain anonymous, said that a programme committee meeting was held on Tuesday morning and an EFF member was present.

He also said the party’s office staff were present in the legislature, even though their MPLs were not in the house. According to EFF’s caucus leader, Mgcini Tshwaku, the party wanted the rules committee to meet urgently to make a ruling on whether or not the party’s MPLs could wear their overalls and domestic workers’ clothing. This was to avoid missing the crucial budget votes, he said.

A meeting was scheduled, but was later postponed, as members of the legislature had other commitments. It was rescheduled to Thursday this week.

Party regalia
At issue is the fact that Mekgwe and others see the asijiki insignia on the overalls as political party insignia. The Gauteng legislature rules only require that members are dressed “appropriately” – but, according to insiders, political party regalia has been banned for several years.

“The precedent actually comes from an incident when an ANC member wore political party regalia during an official legislature event. There was a complaint laid, and the speaker at the time ruled that political party clothing would not be allowed,” said a source.

This is to prevent members from campaigning for their parties with the legislature’s resources, or during official legislature work.

But Mgcini said this week that the asijiki insignia was not a slogan that belonged solely to the EFF, and added that the eight members wore “neat, ironed” overalls, which should be treated as “appropriate” attire.

EFF absence
As the EFF members and police clashed outside the legislature last Tuesday, the legislature heard debates on the budgets of roads and transport, economic development, infrastructure, agriculture, and social development.

E-tolling on Gauteng’s highways and land reform are key pillars of the EFF’s policy, yet it was not in the house to debate these issues.

Last Friday, the house adopted the budget votes for the provincial treasury and the department of finance, as well as the legislature’s own budget and that of the premier’s office. The EFF did not attend.

On Tuesday this week, the legislature held debates on the budgets of the departments of health, education, co-operative governance and traditional affairs, and housing.

Eight empty seats stood between the ANC and DA caucuses inside the house.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu announced major refurbishments at several major Gauteng hospitals. She said the Natalspruit Regional Hospital with 821 beds would be opened later this year, while clinics would be planned and constructed at Cosmo City, Kagiso, Randfontein, Khutsong and other areas in the province.

Maternity and neonatal ward lifts would be replaced at three hospitals and the decision to close the Kempton Park and Hillbrow hospitals was now being reviewed.

Oversight duties
But the chairperson of the portfolio committee on health, Nompi Nhlapo, said the department’s budget was insufficient to cope with the massive backlog in infrastructure problems at Gauteng hospitals.

DA MPL Jack Bloom raised concerns about the number of “turnaround plans” introduced by the department, year-after-year, that never seemed to be implemented.

But the EFF this week claimed the oversight work that it is doing independent of the legislature is sufficient to make up for its missed time on the job. It is now apparent that the EFF is prepared to work independently of the legislature, although it claims it will endeavour to do this as a last resort.

“They are just rushing the budgets now, maybe so they can get back to handing out tenders or whatever, but we have been asking very serious questions in there. I think in time you will see we’ve been doing our own oversight. We are going to go to Tembisa soon to monitor a hospital there, and I think we will need to donate beds, as the EFF, to Helen Joseph Hospital,” he said.

Mgcini said that the EFF had a mandate from its voters to accurately represent the poor and disenfranchised in the legislature, and viewed wearing any other attire as “selling out”.

“The issue of the overalls is just one of those things that we can’t let go,” he said.


South Africa – Gauteng assembly lays charges against EFF

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Charges of trespassing and intimidation have been laid against the EFF, after its members allegedly forced entry into the provincial legislature.

EFF members and their leader Julius Malema's allegedly forced entry into the legislature.

The Gauteng Legislature has laid criminal charges against members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the legislature said on Wednesday.

“We have opened charges of trespassing, damage to property, and intimidation,” said Hlengiwe Bhengu, acting secretary to the legislature. The case was opened in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. She said the charges related to EFF members and their leader Julius Malema’s alleged forced entry into the legislature, looting food catered for the sitting, assaulting members of the South African Police Service, throwing broken bottles at the legislature building, and vandalising legislature property.

Malema led about 2 000 red-clad members to the legislature on Tuesday to protest over the ejection of their MPLs from a sitting because they were wearing red overalls bearing slogans. Legislature speaker Ntombi Mekgwe ordered them out of the house on July 1 for wearing their overalls with “Asijiki”, which means “we do not retreat” inscribed on the back.

Bhengu said transport MEC Ismail Vadi and another person also opened criminal cases against the EFF. Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse defiant EFF supporters at the legislature on Tuesday evening. Stun grenades were thrown inside the foyer of the legislature where Malema and others were refusing to move. Several people, including Malema, were injured.

Malema was hit by an object thrown from the crowd. EFF national co-ordinator Mpho Ramakatsa came out of the legislature limping and media liaison officer Lerato Motsa was hit on the leg.

Shot at and fell on the ground
Motsa said Malema was not badly injured and he managed to whisk away a member who was shot at and fell on the ground. “The commander-in-chief is fine,” she said.

Party supporters allegedly looted hawkers’ stalls, burnt a mobile police satellite station, and broke windows of several shops on their way to Braamfontein, where they assembled in the morning.

On their way to the legislature, they defied police by refusing to turn right into De Villiers Street, and continued straight on to Rissik Street facing oncoming traffic. On arrival they broke through the police cordon and stormed into the building. They vowed not to leave until their MPLs were allowed back into the legislature. – Sapa M&G

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South Africa – dissent in the EFF and Malema’s fear of ANC moles

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Julius Malema’s paranoid side hints at something foreboding for his and our futures. For everyone’s sake, he should deal better with EFF dissent.

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EFF leader Julius Malema. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

I’m not a fan of moles. Besides being possibly cancerous, they’re just not as attractive as Cindy Crawford’s agents would have us believe.

But spare a thought for poor Julius Malema. Forget unsightly facial features – he has to look out for spies in his own organisation, those pesky agent provocateurs he says the ANC planted to destabilise his new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

How does he know they’re there? Because he’s been one before.

“I was part of the leadership deployed to destroy [the Congrss of the People]. I was in that project and I know the tactics and I know and can see when that tendency emerges. I know how the ruling party operates,” Malema told journalists at a briefing on Thursday. “I know what tactics they use. I know the type of resources they use, I know the type of language that gets used by those who are deployed inside.”

I’m not so sure about this line of reasoning. It can be boiled down to: “I know someone is doing something wrong because I’ve done it before.” Does that not qualify as an admission of guilt? Can a leader expect to protect his reputation and be trusted in future when he was responsible for such underhanded tactics?

Then came the scary part. It’s the bit when Malema forgets the cool kid at the back of the class act and something darker creeps in.

“We know how to isolate an infiltrator,” he said. “We know how to isolate a disrupter.”

Malema was of course talking about the first rumblings of dissent within his organisation, on which the Mail & Guardian has reported.

Many of the complaints against Malema are from members of the EFF who were there from day one and are embittered about being left out of top positions. Malema’s team tells me position obsession and hunger for power is not a culture they want to encourage in the EFF, and I take that point.

But that line about “isolating infiltrators” calls to my mind heavy-handed classic Communist techniques, and the breeding of an internal culture that is short on due process.

Because what if the complaints are legitimate? How are they dealt with within the organisation, without being branded a traitor to silence unpopular complaints?

“They are being used as infiltrators to collapse the EFF, render it dysfunctional and impose the same fate as all opposition parties since 1994 that were started and led by black leadership,” said Malema. “We don’t want anyone who brings wrong tendencies in the EFF. We have no room for such people.”

Malema usually an enormously entertaining speaker. He has a range that few politicians can match. At press briefings he generally has a bit of a grinning, impish and popular tone that draws the journalists in the room to his point.

But “isolating infiltrators” reminded me of a similar moment I encountered when I first interviewed Malema, shortly after he was first elected as ANC Youth League leader in 2008. He had not yet made any of the statements that would make him a permanent feature of the South African news, but he was already drawing attention thanks to the chaotic conference that brought him to power. Expecting something of a firebrand given his previous political career, I sat down to our interview. Yet I was pleasantly surprised, as hundreds of journalists after me have been, by his maturity and understanding of the issues he faced as a leader.

During my interview, I didn’t encounter angry Malema but paranoid Malema, the same one who sees critics as moles.

He blamed President Jacob Zuma’s then court woes on “forces of darkness” within the ANC.

“They are people who move only in the night, you can’t see them,” he told me in a complete departure from the rational tone that had governed the rest of the interview. “The imperialist forces are still involved.”

We know the subsequent history. Malema fell out so badly with Zuma, he was expelled from the ruling ANC and went on to form EFF. Would he now blame Zuma’s legal cases on “forces of darkness”? Clearly not.

It’s easy to whip up conspiracy theories and the paranoid side of Malema hints at something foreboding for his and our futures. For all our sakes, I’d like to see Malema do better at dealing with the unhappiness among some in his organisation.

Verashni Pillay is an associate editor at the Mail & Guardian.

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South Africa – Malema asked to leave parliament over Marikana murder comments

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Malema booted from parliament
19 June, 2014

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was asked to leave the National Assembly on Thursday night, after refusing to withdraw a remark accusing the ANC of murdering mineworkers in Marikana.

Malema made the remarks during his maiden speech on day one of the state-of-the-nation debate on Wednesday.

“I have arrived at the conclusion that the statements made by honourable Malema are unparliamentary and do not accord with the decorum of this house,” National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise said during her ruling at the end of Thursday’s debate.

Modise said that while freedom of speech was allowed in Parliament, it was subject to limitations imposed by the constitution.

“The statement made by honourable Malema suggests that the government, which is made up of members of this House, deliberately decided to massacre people. This does not only impute improper motive, but also accused them of murder.”

Modise then asked Malema to withdraw his remarks.

Instead of withdrawing, Malema replied: “Chair, when police reduce crime you come here and say the ANC has reduced crime. When police kill people, you don’t want us to come here and say the ANC government has killed people. That is inconsistent, honourable chair.”

Modise again insisted Malema withdraw his statement.

“I’m sorry, I won’t do that,” a defiant Malema said.

Modise said she had not alternative but to ask the fiery EFF leader to “leave the house”.

Malema and his fellow EFF MPs started filing out of the house, but not before disrupting proceedings.

Several EFF MPs started switching on their mics and shouting accusations at both Modise and those in ANC benches.

“The ANC murdered people” and “you were the premier when people were killed” reverberated through the house, resulting in Modise asking ushers to escort the EFF members out of the chamber.

Malema and his fellow EFF MPs started filing out of the house, but not before disrupting proceedings. File photo
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South Africa – Malema says EFF will work with other parties on areas of common interest

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EFF leader Julius Malema says his party is willing to work with political parties, including the ANC and DA, on issues of common interest.

EFF leader Julius Malema said despite being small in numbers, the party planned on bringing quality debates before Parliament. (David Harrison, M&G)

 

Party leader Julius Malema has revealed that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will work with the ruling ANC and even vote with them on issues of common interest.

Malema told journalists in Parliament on Sunday that the EFF – which won 25 seats in the National Assembly and is the second largest opposition party in Parliament after the Democratic Alliance (DA) – would not oppose the ANC for the sake of opposition.

“We are not the DA, we don’t oppose for the sake of opposing. Even when people raise their names and say: ‘I am Gedleyihlekisa Zuma’, you say ‘hayi you are not, you are Jacob Zuma’.”

Malema said despite being small in numbers, the party planned on bringing quality debates before Parliament. “When we stand up on a matter, it will be serious, substantial issues and issues of quality. That’s what we are here for, not to parade ourselves like we are in some beauty contest.”

He said if the ANC approached the party, saying it wanted to expropriate land without compensation – one of the EFF’s key policy proposals – it would support them.

At the swearing-in ceremony on May 21, EFF MP Andile Mngxitama told the Mail & Guardian if the ANC supported them on land expropriation, the party would be willing to work with them.

“We would work with anyone on the basis of our key questions.

“We [EFF] need a two-thirds majority to amend section 25 of the Constitution, commonly known as the property clause. This is what we are here for.

“We will do everything to change the property clause, so we have the expropriation without compensation. If there is any chance that we can find each other to amend the property clause, for which we need a two-thirds majority, we will absolutely do anything,” said Mngxitama.

“If the DA comes and wants to remove Zuma, we will support them. We have no problem. If the DA says we must vote Zuma out, we are going to do that. [But] if after voting Zuma out, they say we must vote Helen Zille in, we will refuse,” said Malema.

Malema went on to label Zille a racist, saying this was one of the reasons they would not support her election.

Priorities
Malema also said the EFF would prioritise the mining sector and table a motion before Parliament to get involved in finding a lasting solution to the ongoing platinum sector strike.

The EFF would also table a motion proposing that parliamentarians not have free houses nor medical aid paid for them and should be compelled to use the public service over which they – as government – preside. Malema said this was because the EFF believed strongly that if the leadership of government was subjected to that arrangement, it would work hard to improve these areas.

In the meantime, he explained, the EFF would continue to enjoy those benefits. “For as long as that is not the law, we have no option but to continue using the available resources, which have been made available to us by Parliament,” he said.

He said: “If we come into Parliament where houses are being provided for MPs and we decide not to go and stay in those houses, it becomes wasteful expenditure because  there will be empty houses unoccupied by the members of EFF, even though the government has paid for those houses. That would be irresponsible.

“What we are saying, and a motion will be put before Parliament, is [to] sell those houses and take the money to the needy people of Khayelitsha and then let every MP buy his or her own house,” he said.

“We are saying we are ready to abandon these benefits, we are not here for benefits but for as long as they are there, we will use them because there has been allocation for such.”

Nationalisation
Malema said they were insisting that government executive should use government hospitals and schools because they would be upgraded and be of quality and that they will never be of quality unless government leadership uses them.

He said the EFF was going to force its members to use those hospitals if it were in government and had the power to improve the hospitals, for now it will not “force our members to go and die in hospitals”.

“Our commitment to EFF public representatives using public services is subject to EFF being elected into government,” said Malema.

It is no surprise that Malema – who started the nationalisation of mines debate when he was still the leader of the ANC youth league – was deployed to the mineral resources portfolio committee by the EFF. His close associate, Floyd Shivambu, was appointed as the party’s chief whip and would be its representative in the finance committee while long-time proponent of radical changes to land reform, Andile Mngxitama would serve in the rural development and land reform portfolio committee.

Malema took a swipe at Zuma’s new Cabinet for its size and competence, or lack thereof, according to him.

The EFF accused Zuma of attempting to accommodate as many of his loyalists as possible into high government life.

“South Africa has a population of 52-million people, with nine provinces which also have their own Cabinets. There is truly no need to have more than 22 individuals forming part of the Cabinet.”

‘Walking disaster’
Malema cited new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana who, until last week, was the president of the National Union of Mineworkers, as an example of a deployed Zuma loyalist.

“As a minister of agriculture, come on, I don’t think he has anything to offer. The man is challenged, the man is a walking disaster, it is tokenism, it is patronage by Zuma to his loyalists.

“Imagine him and Bheki Cele in agriculture, I mean, what are they going to do? Is Bheki Cele going to shoot and kill fish?”

Malema said this was indicative of a leadership crisis in the ANC.

He said Zokwana was being rewarded for having threatened to march naked on the Goodman Art Gallery against the Spear.

“Zokwana took to the platform and said ‘we are going to march naked and we were like hawu, hey we don’t want to see those things of Zokwana’. He is now rewarded for demonstrating capacity to march naked.

“So you can see this country has become a joke. You want a Cabinet position, you must threaten to march naked and you shall be given a position in government,” said Malema.

Sunday was the last day of a three-day political induction for EFF public representatives, which included the 13 members who are representing the party across the nine provincial legislatures.